Refurb 2.3ghz i7 with Apple SSD good value?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by psymac, Oct 31, 2014.

  1. psymac macrumors 6502

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    Apple selling refurb 2.3gz i7 with 256GB SSD, $759, $170 over price of HD. Better deal and quality than third party like OWC 256 SSD for $150?
     
  2. brdeveloper macrumors 68020

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    It's not that it's hard to install a third party SSD on your Mini, but it's not as easy as replacing a Macbook (non-retina) HDD. With this price difference, I'd get the one from Apple.
     
  3. crazzapple Guest

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    Yosemite reportedly makes it difficult to run trim on third party ssds, so you might take that into consideration. A top quality (samsung 850 pro 256GB) ssd is around $185.
     
  4. dogslobber macrumors 68020

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    You can pick up a 256GB Crucial SSD from NewEgg for 115$. Not sure why you'd want to spend extra $$ on Apple's markups if it can be avoided. The only issue I can see is that you need to use Trim Enabler. I'm happy to do that to save a few bucks.
     
  5. gtlodger00, Oct 31, 2014
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    gtlodger00 macrumors newbie

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    I grabbed one of these refurbs yesterday to upgrade from a 2010 2.4GHz model. I'm sure I'm off in the price some but I believe this BTO model would go for around $1,000 or so, a fair savings. Plus I'd rather have the official TRIM support for the SSD. I know there are the workarounds but personally I'm ok with paying a small premium to not have to worry about it.

    I had run my 2010 from an external SSD boot drive over FireWire, it was awesome when it worked but the SSD firmware gave me trouble a couple times and erased everything. With little ones I only have so much time to tinker.
     

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